Sat Dec 17 12:30am EST
Perhaps there will be a day where every hockey player realizes it's not acceptable to lay a hit on a vulnerable player who's just released a pass or shot.
Kingston Frontenacs overage forward Conor Stokes didn't heed that on Friday when he laid a blindside check to the head on Brett Foy, knocking the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors rookie centre out of the game. Stokes, 20 got a five-minute major and game misconduct for a play where there was clear shoulder-to-head contact while Foy, 18, had his vision centred on where he had just passed the puck.
Brutal. Ten games is probably the starting point for Stokes.
How much longer will depend on how bad Foy, who did not return to the game, is injured and how much the league takes his previous suspension into consideration. Stokes, who attended a Boston Bruins camp before this season, had a three-game suspension last season for a knee-on-knee hit on then-Saginaw defenceman Peter Hermenegildo. Past suspensions matter more when the players were of a similar nature.
Oddly enough, Stokes has twice been on the wrong end of incidents that resulted in double-digit-game suspensions. Earlier this season, he was checked from behind by the Oshawa Generals' who was suspended for 12 games. In 2008 when Stokes was playing for Oshawa, he was sucker-punched by Kingston's Zack Fenwick, resulting in a 15-game ban. Bottom line, here is a player who's had a couple concussions showing a lack of respect. That's regrettable.
There have been more than 250 games' worth of suspensions in the OHL this season. That total is about to go up.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet (video: Rogers Television).